It’s been a while, but I’m back to recounting the rest of my South America trip!
It was so incredible, writing up this post and looking back at photos brings back SO many great memories! I’m still in awe and so grateful of everything that I was able to see and experience!
Check out my Peru post here to see the journey before moving onto Bolivia and then Chile, Argentina and lastly Brazil!
Bolivia and Chile were incredible. Bolivia is such a stunningly beautiful country, it has so much underrated natural beauty and whilst I saw alot of the country, I know for sure that there are many hidden gems, which gives me the perfect excuse to come back and visit!
For me, my whole South America trip (travelling from May to August) was very much to do with personal development. I wanted to have a new adventure, try new foods, do activities that I’ve never done before and overall LEARN from the world. One of the biggest lessons was to let go. To let go of: expectations, assumptions and everything and anything that doesn’t serve me or feel good.
So I lost one of my bank cards whilst in Bolivia.
It happened, ironically, the day I helped a friend recover his mobile phone. It was a whole day palava but it the end the phone was returned to it’s rightful owner, remember that we were in South America, so given it’s reputation, the city we were in , the country etc, this was a HUGE feat. So after the phone debacle, we returned to our hostel and I realised that my card was missing. It was slightly annoying, because this was my Monzo card which has very low rates for withdrawing cash. Anyway, I accepted it was gone and placed an order for another to reach me in the next city I was headed to. Fast forward to the next city – Sucre, it is a cute UNESCO heritage city with small, white buildings everywhere and glorious sunshine. When I ordered my card, I was assured that it would reach my within 5 days in Sucre. I was almost in Sucre for a week, considering I was travelling fast, this seemed like a long time. So by the 7th day, I decided to leave and because I had made friends with the hostel staff, I asked them and they said they would send it to me. But, lol, even though we agreed to that I wasn’t 100% sure it would happen but at the same time I didn’t really feel stress, I just let go and accepted that I would be paying almost £4 per withdrawl with my Barclays card. About two days later, by which time, I had crossed the Bolivia-Chile border and was now in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile; I had been notified that my card had arrived in Sucre.
(In Sucre, during the England vs Colombia match, I ended up chatting with a lovely Argentinian girl (Juli) who had such a cool vibe and had alot in common with my cool Irish friend(Sadhbh), it turns out they had been in the same city, Galway, Ireland in most likely the same pubs and had absolutely no idea! Guys, the world is actually SO SMALL! Despite talking for about 20 minutes, I decided to take her contact details because I just had this feeling that I needed to, I was right!)
After thinking about various ways to get it, I decided to message my Argentinian friend to see if she knew anyone travelling in the same direction as me (many travellers do the same route and you end up bumping into familiar faces at various points on the route). It turns out she DID know someone! A FAMILIAR FACE! This girl turned out to be fellow volunteer from my trip to Tanzania in Summer 2015. THREE YEARS AGO! I actually couldn’t believe it. It all worked out in the end, I received my new card and saw a familiar face halfway across the world! I really believe this was a sign to show me that 1) The world is huge but also so small and 2) Everything will always work out for my good!
And if you’re still in doubt about how magical this world is, a couple of days later in Valparaiso, Chile, I was talking to two girls my hostel dorm. As we were chatting, it turned out they were studying Spanish at GREY COLLEGE, DURHAM UNIVERSITY – the exact college, in the exact university, that I left three years ago! What?!? I know. I share these two anecdotes because they were two powerful experiences that confirmed to me to keep believing in the power of the Universe and be at peace because everything is OK and working out for good.
PLACES VISITED: Lake Titicaca, Copacabana, La Paz, Cochabamba, Sucre, Uyuni (did the 3 day Salt Flats tour – recommend to go with Salty Desert)
PLACES VISITED: San Pedro de Atacama, Santiago, Valparaiso
Walking Tour: Tours 4 Tips (available in various cities)
Stargazing Tour with amazing food (San Pedro de Atacama) – firstname.lastname@example.org
“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard
Next post will be about the last leg of my journey in Argentina and Brazil, so keep an eye out for that!